It is estimated that there are at least 100,000 people in London living with the long term effects of a brain injury. In 2014 alone, over 40,000 people were admitted to hospital in the capital with an ABI (acquired brain injury).
An acquired brain injury is an injury caused to the brain since birth.
This can be caused by stroke, assault, car accidents, tumours or illness such as meningitis.
People live with a range of complex cognitive, behavioural, emotional and physical problems which can make it difficult for them to cope with everyday tasks, maintain relationships or return to work. People may lose their independence and experience isolation, loss of self-esteem or psychological problems as a result. Family life can also be affected and without support relationships often break down.
At Headway East London we believe that with the right support survivors of brain injury can make a positive difference to their own lives and those of others.
To find out more information about brain injury including: types of brain injury, causes, effects, practical issues after injury and rehabilitation please visit the Headway UK website, who provide comprehensive factsheets and booklets on a number of topics related to this.